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‘Queer’ Asia is a network of queer identifying scholars, academics, activists, artists and performers. It is a platform for inter-Asia collaboration, dialogue and research on issues affecting people who self-identify as LGBTQ+ or belong to other non-normative sexualities and gender identities in Asia, or Asian diasporas and beyond.

We began as the first ever global conference on LGBT/Queer issues in Asia, in June 2016. The conference – Queer Asia 2016 – was attended by over 500 people from over 15 different countries. All the way from South Korea, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Iraq, Lebanon, China, Singapore to Mongolia.

This year we are back with Queer Asia 2017: Desire, Decolonisation and Decriminalisation (QA17). Focused on understanding the negotiations and representations of queer desire in the context of decolonisation and decriminalisation in postcolonial global societies.

‘Queer’ Asia is proudly supported by:

Our Generous Crowdfunding Donors

and

SOAS Students Union SOAS Centre for Gender Studies SOAS South Asia Institute SOAS Centre for Taiwan StudiesSOAS Centre for Korean Studies SOAS LGBTQ Society SOAS Doctoral School SOAS Department of South AsiaPalgrave Macmillan • UCL India Voices UCL Grand Challenges Camden Council  Birkbeck School of Arts Birkbeck School of Law

In Partnership with

Zed Books

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Queer Asia Conference 2017

Desire • Decolonisation • Decriminalisation

“Queer” Asia presents the second edition of the annual “Queer” Asia Conference (QA17) to be held at SOAS, University of London from 16th – 18th June, 2017. The aim of the conference is to bring together a wide range of academics and activists working at the intersections of “Queer” and “Asia.” It facilitates an interdisciplinary and inter-regional exchange of ideas, builds enriching networks and stimulates a pan-Asian dialogue on LGBTQ+ issues and struggles in Asia.

The conference focuses on what desire implies for ‘queer’ Asians. What do queers want? How do queers mediate their desires in the face of social opposition, legal persecution, colonial and neo-colonial impositions and accelerating globalisation? How is queer desire negotiated and represented both within Asia and in Asian diasporas? Does decriminalisation necessarily emancipate desire? Have we decolonised our desires? Can we, and how?

QA17 focuses on desire and its intersections with decolonisation and decriminalisation in postcolonial global societies. While SOAS has emerged as a space that nurtures critical thought, racial harmony and fosters cultural exchange we at ‘Queer’ Asia recognise the colonial origins of this institution and are keen on fostering an intellectual engagement with questions on queerness that are worth asking.

Schedule

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Registrations

Tickets are now available for ‘Queer’ Asia 2017. Click on the links below to register:

Day 1: https://qa17day1.eventbrite.co.uk

Day 2: https://qa17day2.eventbrite.co.uk

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About UsQueer Asia 2017 ConferenceQA Film Festival 2017QA Events

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Call for Papers

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Queer Asia Conference 2017: Desire, Decolonisation and Decriminalisation

Deadline for abstract submission: 26th Feb 2017

Dates: 16th June 2017 (Conference) – 17th June 2017 (Screenings and Workshops)

Venue: SOAS, University of London

In celebrating the drive towards decolonisation at SOAS and the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain, ‘Queer’ Asia is interested in diverse and new ways of representing, negotiating and mediating queer desires. With a focus on desire and its intersections with decolonisation and decriminalisation in postcolonial global societies the conference aims to examine what desire implies for queer Asians.

What do queers want? How do queers mediate their desires in the face of social opposition, legal persecution, colonial and neo-colonial impositions as well as accelerating globalisation? How is queer desire negotiated and represented both within Asia and in Asian diasporas? Does decriminalisation necessarily emancipate desire? Under what conditions can decolonisation imagine desire?

We would like to invite all those working on facets of queerness in/on Asia to submit an abstract on any of these or related areas. Papers could address, but are not limited to, the following sub-themes:

 

  • Erasure of marginalised gender expressions and some sexualities within notions of desire.
  • Inter-ethnic relations/intercultural/cross-cultural practices.
  • HIV/AIDS awareness – the globalisation of these movements in Asian contexts.
  • Queering power relations between groups (class, race, ethnicity, religion, age, caste).
  • Homonormativity and its economic, social and political ramifications.
  • Colonial legacies and local histories/ voices.
  • The performance(s) of desire(s).
  • The categorisations and (de)stigmatisation of queer desire.
  • The relevance and limitations of queer theory in Asian contexts.
  • Migrations and diasporas/ refugees/ asylum seekers and queerness.
  • Civil rights/ human rights.
  • Literary and visual representations.
  • Use of technology/ social media and new media.
  • How does queer activism in Asia or for Asian communities address desire?

 

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Queer Asia Film Festival 2017

Welcome to the all-new, all-exciting Queer Asia Film Festival!

Desire• Decolonisation• Decriminalisation

‘Queer’ Asia presents our first-ever film festival on expressing Queer Worlds from Asia. Drawing on the themes of the conference, the cinema will reflect issues around Decolonisation, Decriminalisation and Desire in Asia. With strong links in both academics and activism, the film festival rounds up our three day exploration of Queerness in Asia.

Tickets: 15th June 2017 – Aligarh

Tickets: 16th June 2017 – Green Island Serenade: Queer Stories from Taiwan

Tickets: 18th June 2017 – Queer Asia Film Festival

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QA Events

Research • Film • Art •  Performance

We bring together artists, researchers and performers to highlight and provide a platform for queer research, film, art and performance on or from Asia. Our events include monthly seminars, screenings and discussions focusing on specific regions or disciplines pertaining to queer themes from Asia. All the way from South Korea, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Iraq, Lebanon, China, Singapore to Mongolia.

A list of our events  is below, for more details to each event please follow the links.

15th March 2017 (5pm): Queer Research in Japanese and Taiwanese Contexts – S315, Paul Webley Wing, SOAS, University of London

10th March 2017 (7pm – 10pm): Film Screening: The Journey and Queerala – B102, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London

7th March 2017 (6.15pm): Feminist Activism in China, in conversation with Li Maizi – Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London

1st March 2017 (5.30pm – 7pm): Borderland Poetry and Art – JCR, SOAS, University of London

24th February 2o17 (7pm-8.30pm): VaChina Monologues (Screening), followed by a Q&A with Whiskey Chow, organised by Jiemei 姐妹 – The Horse Hospital (Russell Square)

15th February 2017 (6pm – 7pm): The Muslim Ban and LGBTQ+ Refugees – KLT, SOAS, University of London.

2nd February 2017 (6pm – 7pm): Queer Liberation in Post-Colonial Hong Kong – 4429 Main Building, SOAS, University of London.

15th November 2016 (5pm – 6pm): Aligarh Film Screening – DLT, Main Building, SOAS, University of London.

11th November 2016 (7pm – 9:30pm): Aligarh Film Screening – SWLT, Paul Webley Wing, SOAS, University of London.

22nd October 2016 (5pm – 8pm): Clash or Coalition: Queer Korean Activism and Academic Research – SOAS, University of London.

14th October 2016 (6pm – 7pm): Sources for a Queer Tamil History – S211, Paul Webley Wing, SOAS, University of London.